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Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP And Father Of The House Of Commons, Dies Aged 86

Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of The House of Commons, has died aged 86 after suffering a long-term illness, a family spokesman said. The Labour politician was first elected as Manchester Ardwick MP in 1970 before becoming Manchester Gorton MP after constituency boundary changes in 1983 until his death. The Father of the House honour ...

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Child sex abuse inquiry public hearings to start

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings on Monday. It will start by examining the cases of British children sent to Australia between 1945 and 1974. The inquiry will eventually investigate claims against councils, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions. The inquiry, set up in 2014, has been dogged by ...

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Energy bills: customer switching hits six-year high

Energy customers changed suppliers last year at the highest rate in six years, as they increasingly shopped around for the best deal. Bill payers switched providers 7.7 million times, saving potentially more than £200 a year, according to Ofgem. However, looming price rises by some of the UK’s biggest suppliers would test how competitive the market was, the regulator said. ...

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Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms

Business rates are a “ticking time bomb” for small companies in England which should be offered emergency help, the shadow business secretary has said. Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey said many firms faced “cliff-edge” rises when new valuations take effect in April and that the process had been mishandled. The government says it has established a £3.6bn transitional fund to help businesses ...

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Woman deported to Singapore despite 27-year marriage

A woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been deported to Singapore. Irene Clennel was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but has now told the BBC she has been sent back to her country of origin without warning. Mrs Clennel had been living near Durham with her husband before being detained, and ...

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Older teenagers face biggest funding cuts, says think tank

Older teenagers have been the biggest losers as spending on sixth forms and further education has been “continually squeezed” for 25 years, says a report. Spending on 16 to 18-year-olds has faced cuts too often while education spending overall has risen, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies. However, government plans mean schools as a whole face “real-terms cuts for the ...

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Children 'should be taught about pornography and sexting'

Most people think schools should teach children about the impact of sexting and pornography, a charity says. Plan International UK claims 75% of people think the impact of porn should be a compulsory part of the curriculum, while 7% oppose the move. In its survey of 2,000 adults it said 71% of people wanted pupils to get lessons on sexting. ...

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Private NHS contractor 'loses half a million medically sensitive documents'

More than half a million sensitive NHS documents were kept in storage by a private company instead of being delivered to doctors, hospitals and others between 2001 and 2016, it has been reported. The papers were said to include medical test results, diagnoses of illnesses including cancer and information relating to child protection, according to the Guardian. They were not delivered after errors ...

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May to end EU citizens' rights to live permanently in UK within days over fear 'half of Romania and Bulgaria' will come

Theresa May reportedly plans to end rights given to EU nationals under freedom of movement rules when she triggers Article 50 next month, with a Government source claiming that otherwise “half of Romania and Bulgaria” might come to the UK before Brexit. The Daily Telegraph reported the Prime Minister was expected to announce that EU citizens arriving after a “cut-off ...

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Girl, 5, dies of asthma attack after 'volatile GP refused to see her because she was several minutes late'

A five-year-old girl died of an asthma attack after an “unapproachable and volatile” doctor refused to see her because she and her mother arrived a few minutes late for her appointment, the General Medical Council has found. Ellie-May Clark had been sent home from school because her condition was worsening but was refused her emergency appointment with Dr Joanne Rowe at The Grange Clinic, ...

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